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Trinity Universe OST

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Catalog Number: KDSD-10040/1
Released On: September 30, 2009
Composed By: Kenji Kaneko, Daisuke Achiwa
Arranged By: Kenji Kaneko, Daisuke Achiwa
Published By: Team Entertainment
Recorded At: D-Sound
Format: 2 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - COSMOLAGOON
02 - Trinity Universe Suite
03 - A Sympathise Effect
04 - Hearts On Fire
05 - Garden Of Air
06 - Ghost Ship
07 - Pirates Of The Space
08 - Delightfully
09 - Time And Space
10 - Modern Day
11 - ILLUSIONS
12 - Dance Of Honeybee
13 - Harmoniously
14 - Perilous Nation
15 - Winds Of March
16 - Dictator Of Scenery
17 - Triumphant Return
18 - Stroll Of Bee
19 - Masquerade Of Cathedral
Total Time:
55'57"

Disc Two
01 - Go Vacationing
02 - Ship Of The Muscle
03 - Abandoned
04 - The Usual Quarrel
05 - Ancient Ruins
06 - No Plan
07 - A Well-Lighted
08 - Full Moon
09 - Cappuccino De Dia
10 - Beyond The Horizon
11 - Lagoon Tales
12 - Initializer
13 - Prismatic Mist
14 - Cook A Cock
15 - Trinity Of Grief
16 - Strained Dictator
17 - The Last Epilogue
18 - Beginning Of The End
~BONUS TRACKS~
19 - COSMOLAGOON (1 Chorus)
20 - COSMOLAGOON (Off Vocal)
21 - COSMOLAGOON (Instrumental)
Total Time:
62'19"

Kenji Kaneko level-up!

I've been following Kaneko's work with Idea Factory for some time now. And it seems he's slowly but surely getting better. I said as much in my review of the "Record of Agarest War" OST review. Between that, Cross Edge, and now Trinity Universe, it seems Kaneko is looking to increase his versatility as a composer, and nail his guitar parts down as well. Regarding those guitar parts, see "Abandoned" (disc2 track03) as an example.

I think Kaneko's hanging around the Gust Sound Team (Daisuke Achiwa) is helping him expand his range of capabilities. "Triumphant Return," for example, sounds like something straight out of an Atelier series soundtrack. I'd never heard anything of this caliber from the Generation of Chaos or Spectral Force soundtracks released in the past decade. That's definitely a good sign.

Achiwa's own contribution to the soundtrack is only the theme song, COSMOLAGOON. Which, in my opinion, is one of the weaker links of this soundtrack. Vocalist Haruka Shimotsuki, known for a very unique brand of ethnic, nasal, choral chant vocal tracks, instead gives a sugar-pop performance for this game. What can I say? It makes me cringe. Give me the Atelier Iris opening theme over this any day of the week.

Trinity Universe features characters from Gust and Idea Factory IPs. But the score itself is entirely original. This, I appreciate a great deal. If you're interested in the soundtrack, it was made available via Team Entertainment, and should be an easy find for most online shoppers. If you're willing to give Kaneko a chance, you might like what you find.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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